Find out what our former students are saying about us
I enrolled in several programs at the Sports Business Institute Barcelona to acquire new skills and network with industry professionals. I am absolutely thrilled to have taken their programs as they have given me valuable and practical information that I have used in my professional life. The material presented in the course is very relevant, fresh and easy to comprehend. I would recommend their courses to anyone who is looking to break into the sports industry or is currently working at a sports organization. The courses offer so many takeaways and lessons that will be used in the future. Congratulations to Diego, Emma and the entire SBI team for their organization and drive to deliver top-quality content to students!
Matteo Trevisani, Digital Marketing Specialist, CONCACAF
¨Well-researched, engaging, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable, these are first-rate courses useful for both people in the football industry or aspiring to work in football. The content was highly relevant and up-to-date, reflecting the different approaches to this fast-paced industry, while also looking at the potential developments and opportunities. SBI Director, Diego Valdes, has fantastic experience in the many aspects of football and has the ability to impart knowledge in an engaging and interesting manner, which encourages participants to think for themselves and gain a deep understanding of the field. Working in the football industry myself, I have been able to improve my skill-set and ability to perform my job thanks to this course. I would wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend their programs to anyone either in the industry or aiming to gain a fundamental understanding of how football works off the pitch.¨
Richard Lamb, Chief Revenue Officer, West Ham United
Studying a Masters at the Sports Business Institute Barcelona has allowed me to gain a full understanding on the business side of football. In many ways it has opened my eyes into the sector that I work in as a professional footballer. They are top professionals that are well-connected in the sports industry.
Wes Morgan, Captain of Leicester City FC and Premier League Winner
¨I can’t speak highly enough of the team at Sports Business Institute Barcelona and am so pleased I decided to study with them. As a professional footballer with an interest in the business side of the industry I couldn’t have hoped for a greater insight than the course provided. I have studied online before but the way this course is structured was far more interactive and I really benefited from the broad and detailed knowledge that Diego Valdes was able to provide. I have already enrolled myself on the digital media and communications course that they run and look forward to when it commences in 2016. For anyone looking to work within the world of football or develop their personal network studying with Sports Business Institute is the perfect place to look.¨
Mark Roberts, Professional Football Player at Cambridge United
Read the testimonials of our former students now working in the football industry.
¨Well-researched, engaging, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable, this is a first-rate course useful for both people in the football industry or aspiring to work in football. The content was highly relevant and up-to-date, reflecting the different approaches to this fast-paced industry, while also looking at the potential developments and opportunities. SBI Director, Diego Valdes, has fantastic experience in the many aspects of football and has the ability to impart knowledge in an engaging and interesting manner, which encourages participants to think for themselves and gain a deep understanding of the field. Working in the football industry myself, I have been able to improve my skill-set and ability to perform my job thanks to this course. I would wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend this course to anyone either in the industry or aiming to gain a fundamental understanding of how football works off the pitch.¨
Richard Lamb, Chief Revenue Officer at West Ham United
“Not all students enjoy studying or attending classes, but at SBI Barcelona they actually do. I completed two courses – Football Marketing and Management, Football Communication and Social Media – and looked forward to every single module. During the web conferences, I always had the feeling that my fellow students shared my enthusiasm for the football business and enjoyed our interactions as much as I did. And thanks to Mr Diego Valdes (program director) all students were able to share their experiences and thoughts and learn from each other. I can highly recommend SBI Barcelona and their courses to anyone interested in a career in the sports business. Thank you SBI for 16 great weeks!”
Sebastiano Mereu, Founder, Football Marketing TV, Switzerland
¨The course was great! organized, practical with professional delivery, and I shouldn’t forget it was always enriched with up to date business cases from the industry. Diego (the instructor) is an industry guru, with great analytic caliber that you feel the value of his knowledge. He is open, energetic and easy going instructor. I should definitely recommend the course (Football Marketing and Management) for both those who want to get in to the industry or just interested to understanding it better.¨
Osama Abushaban, CIO, Entrepreneur, Consultant
¨Sports Business Institute is a school that allows you to develop quickly skills in marketing and management in the complex football industry, with concrete and direct interaction with our teacher. Nothing is theoretical, everything is based on real and concrete cases, thanks to the experience and knowledge of our teacher. The conference(s) with professionals of the sector to complete the course were very rewarding. Through this course, I learned that I really do not know the behind the scenes of my favorite sport. Thanks SBI! ¨
Sevan Sekerci, Founder, Pro Development Sports, Belgium
“I undertook a Football Marketing and Business Management course of study with the Sports Business Institute, Barcelona in the Autumn of 2013. The course was a wonderful blend of current, relatable content taught across live web seminars, background reading, audio visual content, online assesment and homework. I cannot praise the course highly enough, nor those that teach it. The tutors have first hand experience of the modern football industry at the highest level and a vast knowledge of the inner workings of the industry worldwide. I hope to undertake further courses with them in the near future and would unreservedly recommend The Sports Institute, Barcelona to anybody contemplating one of their courses.”
Neil Didsbury, Broadcast Media, England
“Followed the Football Management and Marketing course over the past few months and must say it was a great experience. Good insights from the industry, great examples and a well lead weekly seminar. Would definitely recommend to everyone who wants a more detailed insight in the industry or who is aiming for a career in sports/football management.”
Anthony Goesaert, Sales Manager Europe, Belgium
¨Sports business Institute has been a real help for me in my journey to enter the football industry. As a financial adviser, I needed to understand more deeply the reality of football business, and the Sports Business Institute gave me a broad knowledge and a good network to do so. A special thanks to Diego (Program Director) who has been key to meeting a broad range of people in the industry.¨
Paulo Pereira, Business Broker, Remikom, Switzerland
“After attending the Football Marketing & Management Course at Sports Business Institute Barcelona, I can finally say that has included everything I was expecting from it. From practical cases and theory about different aspects of the football industry to the experience of our tutor, Diego Valdés, we’ve learned a lot about sponsorship, planning events, ambush marketing, etc… The online campus has also helped a lot, with illustrative videos and more inputs about each module besides the slides. The weekly web conferences were really useful too, because we could interact a lot between all the participants. These 8 weeks have been a great experience and if I could, I would do the course again. “
Dani Díez Rangil, Business Intelligence Intern, FC Barcelona, Spain
“I enrolled and followed the Football management and marketing course over the past eight weeks and I have to say that I benefited a lot from it. The modules, the explanations along with the case studies were more than sufficient in helping me learn more about the business aspect of football. I must also thank Diego Valdes who I believe added more value to the course and he’s a person who will surely increase your football marketing and management knowledge. Words are not enough to praise but all I can say is that I recommend this module to everyone who wants to peruse a career in football management.”
Hovsep Seraydarian, Financial Manager at Alpha Club FC
¨Earlier this year I was invited as a guest speaker at one of the SBI sessions and we got some very interesting discussions. It was very interactive and you could clearly feel the desire of the attendees to learn more about the sports marketing industry. I must say it was a very positive experience for me. I do believe Diego Valdes (Program Director) is a fantastic communicator, an incredibly passionate individual and a very enthusiastic ‘lover’ of the world of sports, so I wish him all the best with the SBI project and I look forward to working with him again in the near future.¨
Y eray Romera, EA Sports - Director of Latin America
¨The Sports Business Institute Barcelona provided our organization with great input. Many thanks.¨
Regis Lemonn, President, Foot’Attitude Association, Ivory Coast
¨I can highly recommend the Football Marketing & Management course to everyone who wants to further their knowledge of the football indsutry. The course was very well-structured and the group discussions are of great value. The experience of Diego Valdes, the Director, combined with his great interpersonal skills make him a great program coordinator who is always open for advice and ready to answer your questions.¨
Denis Kolev, Assistant Project Manager
¨The Sports Business Institute Barcelona’s training is top level. The quality of the content together with the first-hand industry experience of the tutors and the interactive weekly classes is hard to beat. You develop your skills and create a valuable network .¨
Anders Ahlström, Ström Sports, Sports Marketing Agency
¨I had a great idea for using an interactive video gaming station at events, but little knowledge of how to generate revenue from it. Then I enrolled in the Football Marketing & Management Course and used the information I learned in the sponsorship module to change my proposals and as a result, I partnered with a top event organizer/promoter and landed my first paid sponsor before the course finished. . Thanks to the SBI team and Diego Valdes’s advice in the live web conferences, I’m teaming up with many new sports properties and sponsors, and look forward to an exciting and busy 2016. Thank you SBI.¨
Bruno Batista, Founder, Upper 90 Studios
¨Diego Valdes and the Sports Business Institute team have put together a fantastic resource for anyone looking to get into the football industry. The material is up to date and intriguing applying modern business priniciples to football world case studies, allowing for the content to be absorbed and enjoyed on a much higher level. The discussions generated also allowed me to develop presentation and speaking skills which are highly valued in the industry. The relationships I have developed during this course will serve me well for my future careers. I believe this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to get ahead in the football industry and challenge anyone looking to get a foot in the door to take advantage of this..¨
Ben Trupiano, Membership Servicing & Ticketing Coordinator, Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia
I completed the Marketing and Social Media modules back to back and found them interesting and valuable. Working interactively with people from different sports backgrounds provided really interesting opinions and cases and a new perspective on an industry I’ve worked in my whole career. Anyone looking to break into the industry should definitely look at this course, the networking opportunities alone are invaluable. Even for professionals within the industry there’s still a lot of information and inspiration that comes from both courses – definitely worth a look.
Laura Gabbidon, Marketing Director, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
The Sports Business Institute’s Online Football Marketing & Management course provides an extremely detailed insight into the key commercial aspects of the football business. The weekly group discussions, expertly led by the knowledgeable Diego Valdes, provide an invaluable opportunity for students to engage with each other and share ideas and opinions. Additionally, the course materials give students a vast amount of background information on a wide variety of relevant topics. I would happliy recommend this course to both those looking to gain an insight into the football business and those already working in the industry.
Leo Avery, Legal Counsel, Marketing Rights at T.E.A.M. Marketing AG
¨I enrolled to the Football Marketing and Management course to extend my knowledge and understanding of the business side of sport and ultimately improve my career prospects. It was a rare opportunity to not only learn from the weekly material, but to also hear a variety of perspectives and opinions from the other course attendees in the weekly web seminars. The chance to learn and network is for me, what distinguishes this course. Meeting fellow students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds allowed me to look at particular case studies in ways I may normally have overlooked. The course, along with the always-available director- Diego Valdes, gave me the tools to confidently seek out work within the industry. Having completed the course, I have since found full-time employment with West Ham United FC’s Community Sports Trust in a Communications and Marketing role where my ideas and contributions are respected. I am certain that my opportunity at West Ham United FC came as a direct result of the knowledge and confidence I gained. Diego still offers me much valued support to this day, of which I am eternally grateful for. I could not recommend this course enough for people who are serious about getting involved in the football industry.¨
Connor Reddy, Marketing & Communications, West Ham United
The Sports Business Institute Football Marketing & Management course covered the commercial aspects of football business in a very clear and concise format, providing engaging and up-to-date content, readings, videos, insights and case studies. The sessions were moderated perfectly and always in a very professional manner. I would be more than happy to recommend this course to anyone interested in entering or already involved in the industry.¨
Andrew de Gruchy, Head of Marketing & Sponsorship
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